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Neon White

PC
9.00
Kyle LeClairJun 24, 2022
Neon White isn’t just a contender for the title of year’s best action game, but also a fascinating blend of genres, all mixed together to create a truly unique delight. The stellar level design, swift platforming and gunplay, and the terrific challenge in figuring out the optimal demon extermination route work together in harmony to make it a true heavenly delight, all set to a soundtrack that won’t be leaving the heads of players anytime soon. Neon White isn’t just a speedrunner’s delight, but a delight for any gamer in general, and it would be foolish to pass up something so sublime.

Firegirl: Hack 'n Splash Rescue DX

Switch
8.00
Jeremy PeeplesJun 22, 2022
Those seeking a slower-paced action-platformer with a mix of real-time resource management thrown in will adore Firegirl Hack ‘n Splash Rescue DX. It’s a tough, but fair game and one that feels a lot more fair than the original release thanks to tweaks with the balance and an in-game rewards system. If you’re in the mood for a fun, challenging adventure and have an affinity for side-scrolling action, Firegirl Hack ‘n Splash Rescue DX is a must-buy.

AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES - nirvanA Initiative

PS4
9.00
Kirstin SwalleyJun 21, 2022
It’s accessible to newcomers, but we’d still recommend checking out the first entry if only because it’s a brilliant story that also shouldn’t be missed out on. Much like the original, AI: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative is an innovative take on the genre that must be experienced and is well worth picking up.

Capcom Fighting Collection

PS4
7.00
Chris ShiveJun 21, 2022
Capcom Fighting Collection isn’t the definitive collection of Capcom’s best fighting games, but it does bring together a respectable assortment of them, several of which were never available on console or in the US. Capcom has put out several collections in recent years that are great for checking out classics you may have missed the first time around and revisiting old favorites from the golden age of Arcade gaming, and this makes a nice addition to their retro collections if you want to spend a weekend checking out some of their fighters that aren’t limited to Street Fighter.

Disgaea 6 Complete

PS5
6.00
Adam BeckJun 21, 2022
The story and cast of character are some of the least compelling you’ll find in the series, and while the combat has its rewarding moments, it feels unbalanced due to the overly-chaotic nature of leveling and attribute values even early on. It doesn’t help that there’s a focus on the AI playing the game for you, making it feel like a borderline free-to-play mobile game at times.

Sonic Origins

PS4
7.00
Jacob BukacekJun 21, 2022
Ultimately, Sonic Origins is a well-polished wrapper for old games that were, until recently, available at much lower prices. Unless one is a real super fan, this is a collection that’s better-grabbed on sale.

MOTHERGUNSHIP: FORGE

PC
8.00
James CunninghamJun 16, 2022
Destroying a mothergunship is by no means easy, but with the right weapon construction plus inhuman situational awareness the mechanical invaders might just get shot, blasted, lasered, exploded and beaten into much less-threatening piles of scrap.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge

PC
9.00
Chris ShiveJun 15, 2022
Shredder’s Revenge does rely on nostalgia for the golden age of arcade gaming for players to be completely enamored with it. Without the nostalgia goggles, it’s still a great retro beat ’em up based on its own gameplay merits, but for those who grew up with the classic Turtles, it feels like a fragment of childhood has been recreated.

Mario Strikers: Battle League

Switch
8.00
Sam SpyrisonJun 14, 2022
Mario Strikers: Battle League is the most stylized and chaotic Mario sports game to date, with quick, intense matches that reward strategic and aggressive playstyles. Next Level Games’ adoration for each member of the roster shines through both mid-game and during cinematics, making each contest a joy to play and watch, even with the minor but apparent online issues and the modes and unlockable gear not being deep enough to justify the full-priced title.

Skeleton Crew

PC
7.00
James CunninghamJun 14, 2022
Skeleton Crew is currently broken in a way that makes it hard to recommend. The game that it wants to be is excellent, with nicely chaotic combat, intricate nonlinear levels filled with secrets, plenty of areas to explore and fight through, and fantastically-clever challenges. The large number of characters with different play-styles let you switch up the approach to the levels, and when everything’s working as it should the areas are a huge amount of fun to perfect a run through.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - Sith Lord

Switch
8.00
Chris ShiveJun 08, 2022
As a sequel it fails to surpass the high standard set by the original, but it’s still a great game and a must play for Star Wars fans. The story is one of the stronger ones in the Star Wars universe and the ability to mold it through player choices is the main attraction in KOTOR II. The dated mechanics and graphics benefit a lot from nostalgia goggles, but it holds up well enough where newcomers can still enjoy it and find it a worthwhile adventure.

The Quarry

PC
7.00
Kyle LeClairJun 08, 2022
The Quarry comes close to being Supermassive’s strongest successor to Until Dawn yet, but sadly stumbles when it comes to delivering a satisfying finale as the story fails to hit the high marks it sets up early on with its mystery. Still, for those looking for a satisfying horror game, graphic adventure or interactive movie to have a few thrills with, there’s more than enough here to deliver a satisfying experience, largely thanks to nicely-honed gameplay and a cast of likeable characters.

Card Shark

PC
9.00
Jordan HelmJun 02, 2022
Pulling off one perfectly-timed surprise and accompanying cry of delight after another, it’ll be incredibly hard for any other game this year to deliver on the same caliber of lovable trickery you feel compelled to learn more of. And delivered through the aid of some delightful visual backdrops on top. One of the year’s best orchestrations of gameplay and presentation in unison, Card Shark is a smart, but above all, brilliantly-crafted journey of cunning and deception.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising

PC
8.00
James CunninghamMay 28, 2022
The weird thing is, though, that somehow it all ends up working. The quest to revitalize New Nevaeh, solve the mystery of the Barrows, and take care of each party member’s personal issues rarely bogs down despite the repetition of the levels. New areas within the levels open up just frequently enough that it feels like there’s always something to discover, and the quest rewards get constantly plowed back into character upgrades that keep on expanding the combat options.

Kao the Kangaroo

Xbox Series X|S
6.00
Kirstin SwalleyMay 27, 2022
The downfalls of poor voice acting and a forgettable soundtrack are easy enough to overlook; the only thing Kao really needs are fixes to the aforementioned glitches and bugs that are the sole things holding it back from being a solid and enjoyable experience all the way throughout. Assuming these all get fixed, however, Kao the Kangaroo would be worth picking up for those looking for a fun and nostalgic platformer that hearkens back to the early 3D days, but with nice modern modifications.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong

PS5
7.00
Chris ShiveMay 26, 2022
Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong has players step in the shoes of three different vampires to solve a mystery, building upon the wealth of Vampire lore, but doesn’t have much bite. The approach of making the game be entirely driven by conversation and investigation is an interesting alternative to countless vampire games that are essentially bloodbaths but doesn’t come without concessions.

Sniper Elite 5

PS5
8.00
Jordan HelmMay 25, 2022
Look past the momentary technical gaffes and what you’ll find in Sniper Elite 5 is a developer in Rebellion that even now can still find creative ways to excite and impress all over again.

The Centennial Case : A Shijima Story

PS5
7.00
Chris ShiveMay 20, 2022
The acting cast is top notch, especially if the original Japanese audio track is used. The hexagon system of coming to a hypothesis can get quickly tedious, and with no penalty for a wrong conclusion or choices that have any impact more than the illusion of involvement, there isn’t any replay value. But the lackluster gameplay aside, The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story is a wonderful story that should be experienced and one of the better attempts at an FMV game.

Evil Dead: The Game

PS5
8.00
Cory WellsMay 18, 2022
Evil Dead: The Game is undoubtedly the best Evil Dead game yet. There’s a lot here that fans of the franchise will appreciate with Easter Eggs and the overall atmosphere. The game is a lot of fun to play thanks to the strategy, upgrades and combat, but playing as the Kandarian Demon offers a deeper experience and removes the need to worry about communicating with teammates.

Salt and Sacrifice

PC
8.00
James CunninghamMay 18, 2022
Salt and Sacrifice doesn’t explain itself by words, which can make it hard to get to grips with, but when you let that go and just discover by play, the game gently drags you in and refuses to let go.

Cotton Fantasy

Switch
8.00
Jeremy PeeplesMay 17, 2022
Cotton Fantasy is a tremendous experience and a ton of fun for anyone who enjoyed the series before or just got introduced to it via the reboot. It’s an excellent side-scrolling shooter and one with a lot of visual and audio variety.

Soundfall

Switch
8.00
Jeremy PeeplesMay 17, 2022
Soundfall is a must-have for anyone seeking out a new twin-stick shooter or just wanting to try something new that’s unlike anything out there.

Nintendo Switch Sports

Switch
8.00
Sam SpyrisonMay 08, 2022
Nintendo Switch Sports has plenty to offer gaming fans of all ages that are looking to clash swords, score goals or knock pins.

Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2

Switch
8.00
Jeremy PeeplesMay 06, 2022
Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 2 is a must-have for tactical RPG fans who missed out on either included game. Both Makai Kingdom and Z.H.P.: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman are excellent, with Unlosing Ranger being a game that slipped between the cracks in its time and now truly gets a chance to shine on a greater stage.

Trek to Yomi

PC
8.00
Kyle LeClairMay 05, 2022
Trek to Yomi is an amazing action game that makes terrific use of its cinematic presentation, using Kurosawa vibes to impact both the gameplay and visuals in clever ways. Intense swordfights are backed up by amazing visual flourishes, while a stark black and white world finds clever ways to highlight its more interesting aspects and pathways. It’s a great cinematic homage worth getting popcorn to much on in between battles worthy of it.